Blog - Dr. Marty Becker


From pet health tips to ideas on fighting boredom and loneliness in pets, you can learn how to make your pets' lives better here.

Lessons from a puppy who swallowed a string of Christmas lights

Monday, Dec 8th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

One of my most memorable, long-ago holiday cases was the Labrador Retriever puppy (what else!) who had swallowed an entire string of Christmas tree lights. When he was brought in, gagging, I opened his mouth and could still see the plug, far in the back. I have to admit it was tempting to anesthetize him, […]

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One last chance to help America’s horses

Friday, Dec 5th, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Friends, I know I’ve asked you to join me in protecting Walking Horses from terrible abuse before, but we have just a few days to pass a bill through Congress, and I need you to make your voices heard for the horses once again. The current session of Congress will end on Dec. 12, and […]

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Will your kitten be able to cope with losing an eye?

Wednesday, Dec 3rd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Many pet owners hate the idea of removing a pet’s eye, even if it will relieve pain and improve quality of life. What does the kitten think about it, and how will he or she cope? That’s what a reader asked: Q: The kitten I adopted came with a bad eye infection. My veterinarian says […]

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5 animal organizations you can support with a clear conscience

Tuesday, Dec 2nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Today is Giving Tuesday, and if you want to give to help animals but aren’t sure where your money will do the most good, I hope you’ll consider one of these five compassionate organizations! 1. World Vets. While I believe in giving locally, sometimes problems happen on a global scale. That’s why my first pick […]

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The 5 most important winter pet health tips

Monday, Dec 1st, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

I’ve lived my entire 60 years in Idaho, first in the more arid southern part of the state, then in verdant Northern Idaho where we live now on our Almost Heaven Ranch. North or south, if you live in Idaho, you’re going to have four seasons and the winters can be very cold – and […]

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